SHILLONG, Oct 4 - The Forum of Councils under Sixth Schedule (FoCUSS) today resolved to move the Central Government for devolution of more funds for the autonomous district councils (ADCs) of the North East.
In its third general council meeting here, the forum expressed concern over the weak financial position of the ADCs and resolved to urge the Centre to take corrective steps.
The forum consists of all the ten ADCs of the region including the Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Garo Hills, Bodoland, Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, Chakma, Lal, Mara and Tripura tribal district councils.
The general council meeting was convened to discuss the proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
FoCUSS chairman PN Syiem said all the ADCs of the region are facing a huge financial crisis. Although Article 275 has set provisions for providing financial assistance to the State Governments, the ADCs do not always get their share.
Syiem pointed out that ad there is no proviso stating that a certain amount should be set aside for the councils, the ADCs depend on the State Governments for release of funds, which has led to the present crisis.
FoCUSS has decided send a proposal for amendment of Article 275 so that there is a proviso which would define a specific amount that the respective councils would get from the Centre.
The forum further discussed revenue sharing from GST collections. As of now, GST revenue is shared between the State and the Central governments.
FoCUSS will also seek time from the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha constituted to amend the Sixth Schedule, so that detailed proposals could be sent by all stakeholders.